Football in Malaysia
Football is unquestionably the number one sport in Malaysia, a country that has a long history of international footballing activity: qualification for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich; third place at the final competition of the 1974 Asian Cup of Nations in Iran; winners of the Merdeka tournament in 1974, defeating Korea Republic in the final; winners of the Merdeka tournament in 1976, overcoming Japan in the final. Malaysia also qualified for the 1980 Olympic Football Tournament in Moscow, and as the host nation of the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, the Malaysian youngsters also graced the tournament. Players such as Dato' M. Chandran (1972 Olympics) and Dato' Soh Chin Aun (1980 Olympics), among others, with Zainal Abidin Hassan perhaps the most famous name in Europe, were the stars of Malaysian football's finest hours.
The first Goal Project
Approved by the Goal Bureau on 17 February 2004, Malaysia's project focuses upon the laying of a floodlit artificial pitch within the grounds of the association's football academy in Kuala Lumpur. These facilities will provide a much-needed boost, mainly to young players who will be able to play football all-year round as well as after sunset. Funded by donations from Goal, the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme and the asso-ciation's own resources, the complex was opened by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter on 6 May 2007.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Floodlit artificial pitch in Kuala Lumpur
Project approved
17 February 2004
Opened on 6 May 2007
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 247,884 Association USD 300 000 Total cost USD 947,884